Harold Burnham and his crew returned on the Schooner Ardelle from Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon, with friends and family welcoming them back at the Maritime Gloucester Center.
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Ardelle’s Arrival in Washington, D.C.
The stalwart crew of the Pinky Schooner Ardelle arrive in Washington, D.C. to deliver Captain Harold H. Burnham to the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards. Mike Dyer just sent up pictures and stories which are in the new album in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Facebook.
Thank you, Mike! Mike tells me that there will be stories when they return. Stay tuned for updates!
Listen to Harold Burnham’s podcast interview by Josephine Reed for the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards. -LB
A cousin in Maine frequently forwards me pieces from Good Morning Gloucester. She sent the one on Capt. Harold Burnham’s voyage to Washington. I went to see Harold and the Ardelle this morning in Washington. Penny (the cousin) said you might be interested in the pictures I took.
Why is a person from Maryland interested in Gloucester and the Ardelle? Well, I was born in Lynn. My dad was Gloucester born and bred. He was James W. and had brothers who lived lifelong in Gloucester. They were Roger (Gloucester police) and Howard (Gloucester postal service). As a boy, I spent many summers in Essex at another uncle’s egg farm. As a result, Essex marinas & boat yards and Gloucester have always been an interest.
If you like the pics, feel free to use them. Just give credit to Richard P. Blatchford as the photographer. :-) That would be me.
I’ve been following all of your coverage of Harold Burnham’s trip to DC and I wanted to make sure you and your readers know that the National Endowment for the Arts will be webcasting live the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert. It will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. To watch, all you have to do is go to www.arts.gov. During the concert, Mr. Burnham will be interviewed about his work by Nick Spitzer, the host of public radio’s American Routes.
Here is a link to more info: http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/2012-NEA-Heritage-Fellows-Concert.html.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Room 525 | Washington, DC 20506
I thought I’d pass along a few pictures my wife (Janice Rathjen) took this afternoon of the schooner Ardelle arriving in Washington DC. We were out for an afternoon sail, and met up with the Ardelle as it was coming up the Potomac River. The picture below shows her approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (aka the Capital Beltway) from the south, with the Washington Monument visible under the bridge.
Cheers, from a former Gloucester resident.
Ardelle escorted by the Chesapeake oyster Skipjack Minnie V.
Ardelle and Minnie V.
On Saturday Harold Burnham and crew made good nautical mileage today and if everything goes well they’ll be sailing into Washington Sunday. its now anchored for some rest tonight off of the town of Newburg, MD. near the Route 301 bridge.
Looking ahead to Sunday…the weather forecast in the Washington area will be mostly sunny except for a few afternoon clouds, temperature High 76F. winds light and variable.
Check out more info at… http://www.facebook.com/pages/Essex-Shipbuilding-Museum/174653662579160?closeTheater=1
Gloucester Times story about the Schooner Ardelle sailing to Washington DC
Here’s the latest graphic as of Thurs. Night. with the Ardelle traveling into Sillery Bay, MD.
The Ardelle is on its way again. Harold figures he’s lost a day but presses on up the Delaware river towards the cannel that leads into the Chesapeake Bay.
Len Burgess writes-
As of Tuesday night the Ardelle was at the southern tip of New Jersey near Cape May and at the entrance to Delaware Bay and are planning to take the Intercoastal. The new site to track the Ardelle that seems to work is http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/. Once there enter Ardelle in the ship search box and hit enter.
This is the probable route for the Ardelle and crew to get to Washington.
Update from Al-
0530 9/26 wind SSW 18-21 kt and Ardelle is still making slow progress beating toward Cape May. Been a long night out there with the wind right on their nose If they go up the Delaware they’ll be having a nice ride once they get around Cape May and the tide starts flooding. Delaware Bay entrance will be rockn’ and rollin’ at the ebb with this breeze. The flood begins just before 2 PM.
If they reach Cape May entrance at the start of the flood they will be in tall clover for they will have fair current for over 50 miles to the C&D and thence fair current just starting and all the way through the canal and well down into the Chesapeake. Then fair wind down the bay to the Potomac.
As of Wednesday morning the Ardelle is still at the southern tip of New Jersey near Cape May and at the entrance to Delaware Bay. It is reported that the engine is down and needs a new part.